Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Cardaria draba (L.) Desv. image
Photographer: Dan Tenaglia           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

from USDA Plants Website

Kurt Stüber

Kurt Stüber
Family Brassicaceae
Cardaria draba (L.) Desv.
heart-podded hoary-cress, pepper-weed white-top, white-top
Cardaria: Greek for "heart-shaped," from the fruit
draba: from Greek drabe for "sharp" or "acrid" and referring to the burning taste of the leaves which supposedly had a medicinal value as a poultice
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Status: Introduced - adventive
Plant: erect, perennial, to 24" tall forb, hairy only at the base; creeping roots
Flower: white, 4-parted; inflorescence a dense cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-June
Fruit:pod, evenly divided into 2 segments, mostly flat with a heart-shaped base
Leaf:stem leaves arrow-shaped, appearing to clasp the stem
Habitat: fields, roadsides, disturbed areas
(Glossary)

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Cardaria list Google- Images or Text

Flora of North America (off site)
Synonyms 
Cardaria draba (L.) Desv. subsp. draba
Lepidium draba L.

         
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